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Coco - Film Review

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by Ron Dickman (subscribe)
Freelance writer living in Perth, Western Australia.
Published January 7th 2018

Without having to read this review, we already know Disney/Pixar have developed an award winning formula for the perfect family movie with equal parts humour, amazing soundtrack, fantastic story as well as always putting across a message that we can all leave the cinema mulling over.

In this instance, there's no difference. 'Coco' is set in modern day Mexico and mostly takes part on Dia de Muertos, also know as 'Day of the Dead', a day for friends and families to honour and remember the loved ones that have passed.

Here we meet Miguel. There's nothing worse than having a passion and your family forbids it. Such is the case for young Miguel who has wanted to be a world famous musician just like his hero Ernesto de la Cruz.

Ever since his great great Grandmother was abandoned by her husband so he could pursue a music career, leaving her alone to raise their only child, music of any kind has been banished from the family home for generations.

Desperate to prove his talent and make his family see reason, Miguel robs the crypt of the famous Ernesto to borrow his famous guitar and to compete in a talent competition. Which of course, goes completely awry.

Finding himself transported in to the Land of the Dead, Miguel must race against time to make it back to the Land of the Living before his time runs out.

With many twists and turns, a colourful array of quirky characters, all bedecked in traditional Day of the Dead sugar skull attire, such is the case in the Land of the Dead, you'll be guaranteed to leave the cinema in wonder and curiosity at the family oriented and time honoured tradition of Dia de Muertos.

Backed with an enchanting soundtrack featuring a plenitude of music steeped in native Mexican music, this movie will definitely stay with you long after you've watched it. You may even shed a tear or two.

I did initially have reservations about the suitability of it being aimed at young children, being that it does focus on subjects like death and mainly all the characters on screen are skeletons but, Disney/Pixar has met and overcome that challenge head on and have made it in a way that is appealing and joyful while still being respectful to the tradition.

If you haven't seen it already, then definitely do so. Take your kids and family members alike.
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Why? The newest offering from Disney/Pixar
When: Released 26 December 2018
Where: In Cinemas
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